Stephen Elliott, 1830 – 1866

Suggested resources for the HBF/EMBARQ Essay 2008



The purpose of the Beaufort District Collection is to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history of our area.
Here are some suggestions to help you explain why Brigadier General Stephen Elliott, Jr., CSA deserves to be nominated to the SC Hall of Fame.

Stephen Elliott, 1830
– 1866

A Bibliography 

Prepared by the Beaufort
District Collection of the Beaufort County Library a division of Beaufort
County Government, Beaufort, South Carolina. 

These resources are available through
the Beaufort District Collection of the Beaufort County Library.  Please
visit your local Beaufort County Library branch or the Beaufort District
Collection to view or borrow these materials.  Please note that materials
available only through the Beaufort District Collection (BDC) are not
available for checkout.  Normal visiting hours are Monday
– Friday: 10:00AM – 5:00PM; the BDC is closed on Saturday and Sunday.  

Materials may be found
at the following Beaufort County Library locations: 

Beaufort District Collection
Beaufort Branch Library (BEA)  
Bluffton Branch Library (BLU)  
Hilton Head Island Branch Library (HHI)  
Lobeco Branch Library (LOB)  
St. Helena Branch Library (STH)

Stephen Elliott, Jr. was senior captain
of the Beaufort Volunteer Artillery at the outbreak of hostilities. 
Most of his achievements were related to his military service during
the Civil War for which he was rewarded by a series of promotions. 
He finished the war as a Brigadier General in the C.S.A.  He died
shortly after the war as a result of wounds received during it.

Key Resources for Civil
War Military History:

The Official Records of the War of
the Rebellion
[referred to as the “OR”]

   Available at Beaufort
[compact shelving ] and Bluffton Branch [Reference section].  
Available online at 

Supplement to the OR

   Available at Beaufort
[compact shelving]

Confederate Military History

   Available at Beaufort
[compact shelving]

Confederate Veteran

   Available at Beaufort
[compact shelving]

Web based resources:

History Reference Center database,
(EBSCO password required for access from home)

“Find a Grave,” 

“The Historical Marker Database,” 

“Stephen Elliott, CSA, Waymark,” 

From “Battles and Leaders of the Civil
War,” Battles & Leaders of the Civil War by Clarence C. Buell and Robert Johnson  If you “search in this book” on “Stephen
Elliott,” you will find additional references. 

The Defense of Charleston Harbor,
including Fort Sumter and the Adjacent Islands, 1863-1865
” by
John Johnson, 1890 is available online at,+including+Fort+Sumter+and+the+adjacent+islands,+1863-1865&printsec=frontcover&source=web&ots=dYyFXTXesS&sig=PyybahjmRDIdB8hocEcPjGRp2Zs&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=1&ct=result.  [We have a printed copy of this book
in the BDC.  See below.]

Memoirs of the War of Secession from
the original manuscripts of Johnson Hagood, Brigadier General, C.S.A
by Johnson Hagood, 1910, is online at If you “search in this book” on “Stephen
Elliott,” you will find additional references.  [We have a printed
reprint copy (1989) of this book in the BDC.  See below.]

“The Civil War in South Carolina,” 

For an online of Elliott, see “The
Civil War and Dickinson,” [draft edition], has an image of Elliott,

If you are interested in learning more
about the time that Stephen Elliott was in command of Fort Sumter, go
to the “Fort Sumter — Online Documents” posted by the Fort Sumter
National Park Service site found at 

You can see a transcription of Captain
Elliott’s muster roll at Search on “Elliott” and scroll down to
“Elliott, Jr., Stephen.”  This database didn’t want to accept
“Elliott, Stephen” or “Elliott, S.”

Come to the Beaufort
District Collection to see these items:

  • SC
    929.2 BAR
    The Story of an American Family by Stephen B. Barnwell,

  • Beaufort County Historical
    Society Papers, #27 “Beaufort’s Galaxy of Great Men.”


  • SC
    975.799 MAR
    Lowcountry Gossip by Chlotilde R. Martin, 1930?
    Photocopy of newspaper article, 1 sheet  


  • Cited in “Newspaper Sketches
    of Noted South Carolinians of the Past.” Ask for assistance.


  • Elliott Family [BDC
    Vertical File]


  • Honey Hill,
    Battle of, 1864
    [BDC Vertical File]


  • Pocotaligo,
    Battle of, 1862
    [BDC Vertical File]


  • Beaufort Volunteer Artillery
    [BDC Vertical File]


  • SC
    973.7 GRA
    Grave location records of Confederate soldiers buried
    in Beaufort, Hampton, and Jasper Counties, South Carolina by the Gen.
    Stephen Elliott, Jr. Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy, 2004
  • SC
    975.799 HAY
    Letter addressed by the poet, Paul Hamilton Hayne,
    to Colonel (afterwards Brigadier-General) Stephen Elliott, then in command
    of Fort Sumter, sending the sonnets printed below which were published
    in a Greenville newspaper
    [Pamphlet] by Paul Hamilton Hayne, 1864

  • SC
    973.73 JOH
    defense of Charleston Harbor, including Fort Sumter and the adjacent
    islands, 1863-1865
    by John Johnson, c1889
  • SC 973.7 BAT
    The Battle of Honey Hill South Carolina, November 30, 1864 : an arrangement
    of edited primary sources with attached appendices
    by Western Carolina Historical Research, 1999
    (BDC, HHI)

  • SC 973.7 POC The Pocotaligo expedition, Southwestern South
    Carolina, October 21-23, 1862

    by Western Carolina Historical Research, 1997  (BDC, HHI)

  • SC 973.7757 WAN
    Wandering to Glory: Confederate Veterans Remember Evans’ Brigade,
    by Dewitt Boyd Stone, c2001 
    important to flesh out his soldier’s view of Ste Elliott’s military


  • SC 973.733 SCH The
    Battle of Pocotaligo, October 22, 1862
    by Lewis G. Schmidt, 1993
    (BDC, HHI)

    “The Federal troops, [Illustration] : under Generals Brannan and Terry,
    driving the Confederates, under General Walker, across the Pocotaligo
    Bridge, near the Charleston and Savannah Railroad, October 22d, 1862”
    : The Soldier in the Civil War : [1862].


  • SC 973.7 MAN
    Siege Train: The Journal of a Confederate Artilleryman in the Defense
    of Charleston
    by Edward Manigault, 1986  (BDC, HHI)


  • SC 975.799 BEA Beaufort
    Arsenal: Guarding the nation’s past
    by the Department of Defense
    Legacy Resource Management Program, no date


  • SC 973.7 SIF Compendium
    of the Confederate Armies : South Carolina and Georgia
    by Stewart
    Sifakis, 1992 
    This reference
    work shows the movement of specific units throughout the Civil War.
    Use the Beaufort Volunteer Artillery section.

  • SC 973.782 REC Recollections
    and reminiscences, 1861-1865 through World War I
    by United Daughters
    of the Confederacy. South Carolina Division, 1990. 
    • See volume I, pages 109-111
      for “The Battle of the Crater.”
    • See volume 3, pages 80-85
      for “General Stephen Elliott, C.S.A., of Beaufort, South Carolina,”
      by Charles P. Elliott.
    • See volume 7, pages 436 –
      439 for “The Crater.”


Check out these materials
from the Beaufort County Library:

973.782 CHE Mary Chesnut’s
Civil War
by Mary Boykin Miller Chesnut, 1981 

975.7 LEV The Leverett letters
: correspondence of a South Carolina family, 1851-1868
by Frances
Wallace Taylor, 2000  (ALL) 

Biographical sketch on p. 470. 
Use index entries for “Elliott, Gen. Stephen, Jr.” and “Beaufort
Volunteer Artillery” to learn more.  Son Milton Maxcy Leverette
was in the Beaufort Volunteer Artillery, captained by “Ste” Elliott,
and wrote other members of the Leverett Family about their military
escapades.  Caution:  The letters sometime contain racial

975.799 SPI Beaufort, South
Carolina : Pages from the Past
by Gerhard Spieler, 2008, pp. 75
– 82 (ALL)

 975.799 HEL
Beaufort : a history by Alexia Jones Helsley, 2005  (ALL)

Chapter 7 “Civil War, Military Occupation,
1861 – 1865” provides good background information on the military
exploits of local men.  

975.799 TAY Historic Beaufort
County : an illustrated history
by Michael C. Taylor, 2005
A succinct history of the “The
Civil War & Reconstruction” in Beaufort, its soldiers, and missionaries,
and images from the period are found in Taylor’s An Illustrated History
of Beaufort County, pp. 33 – 58.

973.73 BUR The siege of Charleston,
by E. Milby Burton, 1970 (BDC, BLU, HHI)  

973.734 WIS Gate of hell :
campaign for Charleston Harbor, 1863
by Stephen R. Wise, 1994 (BDC,

973.737 AXE
The horrid pit : the Battle of the Crater, the Civil War’s cruelest
by Alan Axelrod, 2007 (BEA)  

973.7757 STO Vital rails :
the Charleston & Savannah Railroad and the Civil War in coastal
South Carolina
by H. David Stone, c2008 (ALL)   

973.77579 DAR Civil War tours of the low country : Beaufort,
Hilton Head, and Bluffton, South Carolina

by David D’Arcy, 2008 (ALL)   


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